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Mid-Engine Corvette Will Not Debut At 2019 Detroit Auto Show

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:18am

If you were planning a trip to Detroit, you need to know something.

[AMAZON] Corvette Special Editions Book Now 51% Off

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:22am

Seriously, I don’t really know how I am supposed to feel about Amazon discounting my book on Corvette Special Editions by over half. In fact, this price is now cheaper than my special authors discount price (after I buy 24 copies) that I get from my publisher!

But wait, there’s more!!

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PRI 2018: Frankenstein Engine Dynamics F-Series LS Heads

Corvettes Online News Feed - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:03am
The Frankenstein F-Series LS heads were built to fill a gap in the market. We take a look at these heads and what sets them apart from the competition.

Cadillac XT6 Cabin Revealed In New Spy Pictures

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:55am

Confirming our prior report of the XT6 having an identical cockpit to the XT5.

Chevrolet Presents Operation Homefront With Fleet Of 2019 Silverado Pickups

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:48am

The brand delivered the Silverados at the Army-Navy football game.

Corvettes for Sale: 2019 Corvette ZR1 Was Formerly Part of GM’s Test Fleet

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:43am

If you’re in the market for a 2019 Corvette ZR1 and operating on a tight budget, then you might want to check out this low-mileage used model at Reeder Chevrolet in Knoxville, Tenn.

This former GM company vehicle has only 11,000 miles on the odometer, up for sale at the relatively bargain basement price of $117,999.

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2019 Silverado, Sierra Return Worse Fuel Economy With 4.3L and 5.3L Engines

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:29am

Official fuel economy estimates show drops up to 3 miles per gallon.

The New Oakwood Metallic Color For The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze: First Look

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:15am

One of two new hues for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze.

Why General Motors Likely Won’t Allocate New Vehicles To Idled Production Plants

GM Authority News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:06am

Taking a look at GM's other facilities, the automaker operates below the industry standard for underused capacity.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Verdict

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:00am

When MotorTrend road test editor Chris Walton first drove the thoroughly refreshed 2017 CX-5 in the spring of 2017, he came away impressed. Mazda improved on an already winning package (the previous generation won a comparison), adding a quieter, more refined interior, sharp new exterior, and retaining its fun factor. In June 2017, the 9,550 CX-5s sold made up 42.7 percent of all Mazdas sold that month. The vehicle is Mazda’s bread and butter, so we had to have one for a year to see how the redesign would hold up.

From the first week with the CX-5, I knew I would like it. My previous long-termers needed a few months to convince me of their worth, but the CX-5 won me over pretty quickly. I was struck by its curb appeal: Its chiseled face and character lines gave it an upscale look, and the optional Machine Gray paint sparkled in direct sunlight while the LED headlights, foglights, and taillights add to the luxurious look at night. The looks have aged nicely, as opposed to some rivals whose jarring lines and creases have already gotten a bit old. I, along with almost every first-time passenger, was also impressed by the interior’s simple elegance. Passengers were always surprised to find that level of luxury in a Mazda; I think the white leather makes it feel more upscale than the all-black interior, which can look a bit bland. Speaking of that white leather, it held up better than I thought it would after almost 30,000 miles. It didn’t get as dirty as I expected, and by no means do we baby these cars. The CX-5 gets passed around, and it’s been used to haul tons of photo gear haphazardly thrown in. Broken trim pieces and scratched leather are common in a support car, but neither had happened before the CX-5’s year was up.

Other things I appreciated were the 40/20/40 split rear seats, which made hauling long Ikea boxes and our helpers during a recent move a breeze. It was also very quiet at highway cruising speeds, a welcome trait for my ears on the many long road trips over the year. It’s as quiet as a Lexus NX cruising at 65 mph, according to a recent MotorTrend comparison. Mazda’s adaptive cruise control also aided in reducing my stress while sitting in traffic during my commute home. The system works well in stop-and-go traffic, and it was smooth enough to let me relax a little bit. It was great for commutes, but when I had to chase a couple of Workshop 5001 Porsches or a Mustang PP1 and Camaro 1LE up some twisty roads to shoot, it demonstrated it still had the fun and playful chassis we came to love in the previous CX-5. It also proved it can tackle some light off-roading when we took it on a 1,700-mile road trip through Utah.

There are a few things that keep the CX-5 from being the perfect ride. The engine felt underpowered, especially with a car full of people (learn about the 2019 model’s new, second engine option here). Gas mileage was also a bit underwhelming at 24.7 mpg after 28,307 miles compared to our long-term CR-V, which averaged 28.6 mpg over 12 months and 20,447. The seats are too flat and lack support, and the seat bottoms feel a tad too short. The front USB plugs are only 1.0 amp, which made for very slow charging compared to the 2.1-amp second-row USBs. I would sometimes run a phone cord to the rear USBs for faster charging. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would’ve been nice to have, as well, but Apple CarPlay is now available for the 2019 model year. I also couldn’t stand the overzealous blind-spot monitoring that would warn me of cars that were two or three car lengths back.

The CX-5 went in for four scheduled services, which cost $340.57. For comparison, our 2015 CX-5 cost a total of $320.37 for three service visits, and our 2017 Honda CR-V cost $417.60 for two, not including the unscheduled battery and differential fluid change. IntelliChoice calculates a five-year cost of ownership of $36,310 and gives the CX-5 an average value rating. A CR-V Touring AWD would cost a similar $36,484 over five years, so the Mazda’s cost is on par with its competition.

From downtown L.A. to off-roading in Canyonlands National Park to chasing purpose-built Porsches on Malibu canyon roads, the CX-5 has proven to be a well-rounded ride. It’s stylish, a decently capable off-roader, loaded with convenience and luxury features that rival crossovers from more luxurious brands, yet it’s been trouble-free and has held up well over our time with it. If I were in the market for a small crossover, the CX-5 would be at the top of my list. According to Mazda’s November 2018 sales numbers, its improved formula is selling better than ever, with 10,882 CX-5s sold in November, up 20.6 percent YTD. Now that Mazda has added the 2.5L I-4 turbo from the CX-9 and Mazda6 as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the CX-5 is a sure bet in my book.

Read more about our long-term 2017 Mazda CX-5: Our Car SERVICE LIFE 13 mo / 28,307 mi BASE PRICE $31,635 OPTIONS Premium package ($1,830: driver seat memory, power front-passenger seat, heated steering wheel & rear seats, active driving display, wiper de-icer), premium paint ($300), rear bumper guard ($125), cargo mat ($30) PRICE AS TESTED $33,960 AVG ECON/CO2 24.7 mpg / 0.79 lb/mi PROBLEM AREAS None MAINTENANCE COST $308 NORMAL-WEAR COST $32 3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE* $24,500 (72%) RECALLS None *IntelliChoice data; assumes 42,000 miles at the end of 3-years 2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD (Grand Touring) POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE I-4, alum block/head VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 151.9 cu in/2,488 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 13.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 185 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm REDLINE 6,500 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 19.5 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.62:1/2.77:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.5:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.7 BRAKES, F; R 11.7-in vented disc; 11.9-in disc, ABS WHEELS 7.0 x 19-in cast aluminum TIRES 225/55R19 99V (M+S) Toyo A36 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 106.2 in TRACK, F/R 62.8/62.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.1 x 72.5 x 65.3 in GROUND CLEARANCE 7.6 in APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 17.0/20.0 deg TURNING CIRCLE 36.0 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,653 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 57/43% TOWING CAPACITY 2,000 lb SEATING CAPACITY 5 HEADROOM, F/R 39.3/39.0 in LEGROOM, F/R 41.0/39.6 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.1/54.8 in CARGO VOLUME, BEH F/R 59.6/30.9 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 2.7 sec 0-40 4.2 0-50 6.1 0-60 8.3 0-70 10.9 0-80 14.5 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 4.5 QUARTER MILE 16.3 sec @ 84.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 124 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.81 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.0 sec @ 0.59 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2,000 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $31,635 PRICE AS TESTED $33,960 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/36,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 15.3 gal REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 19.7/31.2/23.6 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 23/29/26 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.76 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid First Test: More Power, Less Gas

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:00am

Toyota introduced the RAV4 Hybrid back in 2015, and although the hybrid remains a lower-volume variant, its importance in the RAV4 lineup continues to grow. Toyota brought the hybrid model back with the fifth-gen RAV4 and hopes to increase its share in a segment of two. The hybrid may only represent about 12 percent of RAV4 sales at the moment, but after our experience with the 2019 model, that number is probably going to keep increasing.

Toyota’s new hybrid SUV is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit producing 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to an electric motor sending 118 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels and 54 hp and 89 lb-ft to the rear wheels for a combined system output of 219 hp, more than the last-gen hybrid’s 194 hp and the 2019 non-hybrid’s 203 hp. The Japanese automaker made a few changes to this system from the previous RAV4 Hybrid, including new transaxle mounts for the electric motors and improvements to the variable cooling system. The battery pack is a nickel-metal hydride unit like before, and the transmission is an electronically controlled CVT with sequential shift modes. All 2019 RAV4 Hybrids will continue to have standard all-wheel drive.

Although the new RAV4 Hybrid makes more power, it also saves more gas. Toyota estimates the 2019 model will deliver 41/37 mpg in city/highway; that’s much better than the 2018 model, which got 34/30. In comparison, the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD delivers 31/34 mpg (or 33/35 mpg with front-wheel drive), giving the RAV4 a bigger advantage over its main hybrid competitor. Non-hybrid 2019 RAV4 AWDs are EPA rated at 25-27/33-34 mpg.

As we found out during our testing at SUV of the Year, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XSE went from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, an improvement from the 7.8 seconds it took the 2016 model in our testing. The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid needed 15.6 seconds to complete the quarter mile at 90.4 mph, better than the 2016 model (16.0 seconds at 86.4 mph). Where the new hybrid model underperformed was braking distance. The 2019 RAV4 XSE Hybrid stopped from 60 to 0 mph in 143 feet, compared to the 131 feet it took an AWD 2019 Adventure non-hybrid model. I mention the non-hybrid model because both SUVs were tested in the same conditions on the same day. Although the soaring temps were a crucial factor for braking distances on vehicles tested that day, the difference between the models is significant. Both models have the same brake size (12.0 inches in the front, 11.1 inches in the rear), so we think the hybrid’s regenerative braking or its additional 167 pounds could have led to the longer distance.

Even so, many MotorTrend staffers still liked driving the hybrid more than the non-hybrid model. Features editor Christian Seabaugh wants the powertrain expanded to all RAV4s, adding it was “much smoother and more pleasant an experience than the I-4.” Technical director Frank Markus also appreciated the powertrain but complained about the hybrid’s chassis when really pushing the car on a winding road. “Those persuaded by the great new looks of the RAV4 should save up for the hybrid model. This is the best-sorted powertrain of the bunch. Sadly its chassis still got so out of shape as to cause the stability control to generate audible and feelable clunks as it braked the various corners,” he said.

Like the previous generation, a few aesthetic cues differentiate the hybrid from the non-hybrid model. The Toyota logo has blue accents, and hybrid badges can be seen on the sides of the vehicle. Inside, we dig the blue stitching on our XSE tester’s seats, center console, and door panels, as well as the blue needles on the dashboard gauges. The 8.0-inch touchscreen can display the hybrid powertrain’s battery activity, just like we’ve seen in other Toyotas including the Prius.

Given that the hybrid’s battery pack is located underneath the back seat, the interior space isn’t compromised. Seats can still be folded flat, and just like the non-hybrid version, five people can sit inside comfortably. Cargo space remains 37.0 to 37.6 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, just like the standard models. Although senior production editor Zach Gale noticed the RAV4 Hybrid was more spacious than other non-hybrid SUVs, he missed the ability to fold the rear seats from the cargo area and the wide-opening rear doors still offered by the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V.

Neither of those two competitors currently offers a hybrid model in the U.S., however. On the RAV4 Hybrid, a sport mode changes throttle mapping and the way the transmission works, making the RAV4 feel more responsive. And just like its name suggests, an eco mode alters performance to attain the best fuel economy possible. There’s also a small button located below the rotary knob for the drive mode selector called “EV Mode,” which provides a very small all-electric range only if there’s enough juice in the battery.

Just like on non-hybrid versions, Toyota Safety Sense will be standard on all hybrid models. The package includes a pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. XLE and above will also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic braking as standard equipment.

Four trims will be available once the RAV4 Hybrid arrives in March 2019. The LE base model will start at $28,745; the XLE will go for $30,545; and XSE and Limited will start at $34,745 and $36,745, respectively. Our XSE model was equipped with the Advanced Technology package ($640), the Weather Prep Package ($375, heated steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers), the Premium Audio Package with Navi & JBL ($1,620), and a panoramic moonroof ($200), leaving an estimated as-tested price of $38,024 (our tester also had a few accessories, the prices of which were not yet available). Depending on the trim, the premium for going hybrid may not be as much as you think, but like we said before, this powertrain is worth it. Plus, over time, you’ll save more money when you hit the gas station.

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid BASE PRICE $34,745 PRICE AS TESTED $38,024 (est) VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 2.5L/176-hp/163-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 plus 118-hp (front) + 54-hp (rear)/149-lb-ft (front) + 89-lb-ft (rear) electric motor; 219 hp comb TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,825 lb (56/44%) WHEELBASE 105.9 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.9 x 73.0 x 66.9 in 0-60 MPH 7.5 sec QUARTER MILE 15.6 sec @ 90.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 143 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.75 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.4 sec @ 0.61 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB Not tested EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 41/38/39 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 82/89 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.49 lb/mile

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All-New Chevrolet Cheyenne Announced For Mexico

GM Authority News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 8:15pm

The all-new Silverado comes to Mexico as the Cheyenne and as the Silverado.

PRI SEMA 2018: Nitrous Express On Snow Performance Acquisition

Corvettes Online News Feed - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 5:24pm
Nitrous Express recently acquired water-meth industry leader Snow Performance. We talk to Ryan Lewis of Nitrous Express about this venture and their new products offered.

PRI 2018: Performance Electronics’ Cell Phone Wideband And App

Corvettes Online News Feed - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 4:11pm
Performance Electronics introduces a new wide-band controller at PRI. This new device uses Bluetooth to display on your cell phone.

Corvette Delivery Dispatch with National Corvette Seller Mike Furman for Dec. 9th

Corvette Blogger - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:32am

Each week, Criswell Chevrolet’s Mike Furman delivers new Corvette Stingrays, Grand Sports, Z06s and ZR1s to his customers who come from all parts of the country to work with the nation’s top individual Corvette seller.

Mike had five ZR1 deliveries his week, each a different color. So for this week’s Delivery Dispatch, Mike puts the spotlight on an Elkhart Blue ZR1 delivered to a first time Corvette owner.

Continue reading Corvette Delivery Dispatch with National Corvette Seller Mike Furman for Dec. 9th at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

Cadillac XT6 Interior Will Be Identical To That Of XT5

GM Authority News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 1:04am

While adding a third row of seats and one particular improvement to the infotainment system.

GM Looks To Challenge Ford In US Fleet Sales

GM Authority News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 6:51pm

General Motors is intensifying its push to acquire US commercial fleet sales amid weakening retail demand.

Buick Cascada Sales Increase 3 Percent To 1,101 Units In Q3 2018

GM Authority News - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:49pm

Outpacing the slide in average segment volumes.

Saturday Morning Corvette Comic: There’s Always a Better Parking Spot

Corvette Blogger - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:25am

Corvette owners go to extremes to find the best parking spot…and yes, parkophobia is real!

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